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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 26, 2012 8:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks, Vol. 2!

It pretty much boils down to the original digital file or analog tape that was dragged across the tape head on any given evening. Unfortunately, many CM remasters are minimally a 2nd or 3rd generation transfer.

Depending on the transfer methodology of the original tape and the "mastering" that follows, (chnl levels, eq, noise reduction, phase, pitch, etc) all determine the final production product.

A competent music playback system will answer all of your musical considerations.

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Poster: gratefuldiver Date: Jan 26, 2012 10:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks, Vol. 2!

Thanks, DS, WD, & CC. The variability in the quality and number of generations in the SBD "master" makes sense. Though 10/31/71 is an example where I prefer the mix (especially Keith's contribution) on SHN 79011 (first set) compared to DP Vol 2 (second set). I like WD's idea of a release series of epic shows with less-than-stellar quality SBDs available. As great as the quality of SHN 266 generally is (05/08/77), I'd pay for a CD that discovered a SBD source that doesn't require those jarring AUD patches in Minglewood and LL. And after checking my database, even my tired ears noted that the pitch seemed high on the 07/31/74 flac.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 27, 2012 8:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Dave's Picks, Vol. 2!

Agreed,

Audience patches in a reference sounding soundboard is analogous with a fine dining experience, a perfect meal except for some foreign matter in one single bite which you immediately and discretely expel into your napkin.

If it's a killer show who cares, less filling, more accuracy.